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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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966 Reviews
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Reviews: 966
Hads: 2,355
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 42
Gots: 394 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) | 6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-1998

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Photo of KegJeff
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I went all in with this beer, buying a half keg for the kegerator as my first taste (a bit pricey as craft beer kegs go). I must say I'm happy with my choice. A little tricky getting the foam under control in the keg, but has a nice slow pour, 2-3 finger head out of the tap, dissipates quickly though. Seeing some other reviews, I have to think it's a different experience out of the keg. Nicely balanced hoppy/floral aroma, and the taste follows suit with satisfying carbonation as well. If you have not had this out of the tap, I would recommend it.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light tea color in a Brooklyn Brewhouse glass with a 2F head.Good lacing.

Nice floral aroma with raisin, hops, and malt.

Light carbonation to the mouth feel- not overdone like a lot of other IPAs I have been drinking lately.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: spicy, fruity, raisin, malty, followed by a lightly bitter hoppy finish.

Overall: I really like this beer. Very drinkable, and it has a good balance of hops, fruit, malt, and carbonation. The thick well designed Brooklyn Brewhouse glass works well for this beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance, with a small head. Quite a clear look as well

Smells of caramel-laden malts, and hops. A quite sweet smell, but definitely enjoyable.

Quite strong and bitter taste for an English IPA. Besides the bitterness of the hops, I felt quite a bit of sweetness. Not necessarily as caramel-laden as the smell, as it was more towards the red apple-direction. Feel is light, and quite drinkable.

This is a compelling beer. A good combination between complexity, drinkability, and balance .

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Photo of JNisher
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The orange and green label is both inviting and festive. Although the initial taste can be bitter and frightening, we learn that the overall feeling is of a quite essential alcoholic necessity. In conclusion, the alcohol percentage was a plus, as well as the foreign aspects of the beer itself. George Hodgson should be proud.

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Photo of fank2788
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A bright but clear copper orange in the glass topped by a finger or so of off white head that falls quickly with some lace. The smell is lemon citrus and grassy hops with some biscuit grain. There is a bit of a metallic character in there as well to round it out near the end. The taste is much like the smell with the lemon floral hops hitting up front and carrying a moderate amount of bitterness throughout. The metallic flavor is there as well but it isn't bad as the malt comes through too but it doesn't quite do enough to balance the hops. Crisp and clean at the finish and lively in the mouth due to a good dose of carbonation and the spiciness of the hops. Overall this is pretty nice as the English IPA is often overlooked and quite different from the more popular American style. The subtle hops combine nicely with the malt to provide a different but satisfying IPA experience.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear, light copper color. Brief, off white head with lively carbonation and little lacing.

Smell: Honey-sweet maltiness followed by earthy, spicy hops with a touch of citrus.

Taste: Mellow caramel malt base with lemon citrus and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with visible but soft carbonation.

Overall: A nicely hopped, balanced and drinkable take on Old World IPA.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by FEB 2015 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from the Brooklyn Brewery, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's as part of a mixed six pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a brassy orange body with about a finger of khaki head that subsides rather quick. Thin spotty lacing on the glass. Appears adequately carbonated, with some slow-rising bubble action. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is malty and coppery. Earthy & grassy, with some fruity fermented apple / cider sort of notes present. Subtle notes of pine and grapefruit make an appearance, but the metallic notes pervade. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter & lightly piney with some grapefruit / apple / cider notes apparent. Earthy, herbal, and grassy, but malty / metallic notes are again pervasive.

M - The feel is good, crisp and clean, lightly bready, malty, and metallic on the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, an interesting take on the style from Brooklyn Brewery. Perhaps not a beer I would have again often, but appropriate on many levels for the style, especially since they are going for that old-world recreation of an 1820s IPA. Worth a try, for sure.

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

2 months past the bb date. Aroma is floral and lightly resiny, with nutty caramel malt and perfumey, herbal hops adding complexity. Flavor reveals a strong caramel malt backbone, fairly sweet, which is contrasted by moderately bitter hops at the finish. Herbal hops provide a bridge mid palate and resurface in the aftertaste. The herbal hop character isn't my favorite, and bitterness is more than I'd prefer in the finish. Malt is a bit overly sweet.

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Photo of M_C304
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance - Clear and pale gold in color. Developed approximately a 1-1/2", off-white head that dissipated quickly.
Smell - Very mellow, floral hop notes. Biscuity malt aroma as well in the background.
Taste - As with the smell, a very mellow hop character with a balanced malt backbone. Not a ton of depth in the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel - Medium weight on the mouthfeel but refreshing.
Overall - It's a decent beer. Would prefer something with a little more complexity but I could see me reaching for one of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Dark golden body with a foamy head.
aroma is of hops and some malt.
The taste has a little bitter hops taste and is balanced by the malt
overall it is tasty

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Photo of Ngntjp
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Looking for a freshness date after half the bottle and I can't find one. Could the hops have died down THAT much? Well where's the date?! Could this bottle be THAT old? Well, again, where's the god damn date?! I have no idea, but the hops are just not there at all. This is more malt than anything to me and I have a feeling I just have an old, old, bottle but nonetheless. This was a pretty disappointing offering from Brooklyn for me. I'll only be seeking this out again to find out if this is a truly disappointing beer or if I got a bad bottle. Bummed for sure at the moment though.

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Photo of schatzs
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Nice copper color, clear
S: Nothing jumps out, hint of citrus
T: Mild taste, some sweetness, mildly bitter
M: Smooth, low carbonation
O: Easy to drink, fairly mild for an IPA

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber producing a small and short lived head.
Small nose.

Flavor comes off to me as monochromatic-- lots of citrus or maybe on a stretch grapefruit tang with lemon zest thrown in fluffed with some malt. But regardless of the flavor complexities this beer seems to me to occupy the category of "thirst quencher" usually in my beer opinion the realm of the American adjuncts. I like the East India Pale Ale served refrigerator cold. But in that "thirst quencher" realm-- it's more flavorful and more complex yet still not a beer that demands to be savored-- so I don't mind quaffing a pint.

I consider this beer to be on the other side of the spectrum occupied by Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout.

During the summer months I generally have a bottle or two chilled in the fridge.

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Photo of mrjez
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: pours an almost clear amber with small head.
S: floral hops and some pine resin, caramel, malt, very pleasing.
T: strong malt presence, more pine, nice mix of a hoppy and sweet finish.
F: medium-bodied, hides the alcohol, slightly warming on the end with the malt.
O: a delicious and easy-drinking east coast IPA. Easy on the bitter, strong on the balance and malt flourishes.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice english IPA of a hazy orange/ocher color that goes to a yellowish tone in the corners of the glass. Foam is ok.
Smell and taste are full of citrus, specially lemon, orange and grapefruit. Pear and apple tones also appear and that makes this beer quite juicy. Maltiness, bitterness and hoppines are at an ok level but could be higher, specially maltiness.
Body is ok too. Didn't enjoy the mouthfeel too much because of the acidity that comes in corners of the lips.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice little hazy golden color.
The smell is not overly strong to be an IPA but of course with plenty of flowers and hops.
The taste is like any really good IPA. This beer's only drawback is the excessive ABV becuase there are hints of booze in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Dlish33
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice orange color with a very thin head that goes away almost immediately. I drank it from a TeKu glass which always accentuates the smell, nice floral and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is very thin And finishes quick. Unlike most Americans IPAs don't tend to be my favorite although I really liked this one as it focused on balance rather than the classic "mo hops, mo better" philosophy that many American brewers shoot for.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Crystal clear deep golden color with a huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Aromas of bread caramel and earthy hops. English inspired yeasty esters as well as just a touch of butterscotch. The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet bready caramel malt with enough earthy hop to balance. Light fruity notes and a touch of butterscotch round this out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent English inspired beer with a bit more hop bite than its true English counterparts. I prefer an Americanized version honestly.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very carbonated, very citrus/floral, sweet and tart with a thin mouthfeel, and light on the hops. Easy to drink and refreshing but not a lot going on here. I prefer IPAs that pack more of a hop punch and/or have a more complex taste profile. I love Brooklyn Brewery but this beer is definitely not a classic, like Brooklyn Lager, or particularly flavorful/interesting, like Local 1 and 2 or Brooklyn Blast.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured out a light amber with no real head but a decent lacing throughout.

S - Floral hops with malt in the background.

T - A nice combination of hops balanced with the malt.

M - Good carbonation and smooth mouth feel - very neutral finish.

O - Nothing special here. I tend to expect an IPA to be a little more on the bold side and this one was quite "mild". At its price point there are far better IPA options.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First time rating an IPA so not an expert on this but...

A-medium In color a typical IPA

S- ver grassy

T-Enjoyable, im not a giant fan of IPAs but i like it, very hoppy with a bitter finish

O-Pretty good IPA, would buy again but not before i tried other beers

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Photo of BTodd
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-Fine bubbles, 1 finger of head, dissipating slowly. Fairly light in color with a hint of golden orange.

S- Grassy, biscuit, perhaps some citrus. Not typical aroma of what I expect for an IPA.

T-Nice malt balance but lacking in hop presence/character for this style. Moderate bitterness followed by faint pine, orange.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated. Another easy drinker for the 6.9 alcohol.

O-I'd drink this if given to me, but wouldn't seek it out. It's fine for an IPA you might find in a sampler pack or a beer handed to you at a campfire. However, doesn't compete with the "big guys."

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a darker straw colored body.
The aroma is bright fruit: pear, pineapple and mango. Nice.
The taste is an assertive pine bitterness balanced with sweet malt layer. Good depth.
The taste is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable EIPA.

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Photo of Leviathan5
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass

A - Golden ambar color with some haziness. White head that decreases to a tiny head, but there's some lacing

S - The smells is citrusy, with a touch of pine, but there's also sweet malt presence. Quite balanced, though a little bit more on the hops side.

T - Again there's more sweet/caramel malts presence than on some other IPAs, but they are well balanced with the hops, predominant in the dry finish and the bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and medium-low carbonatation. It's smooth and very drinkable

O - Not too impressive, but a good beer overall. The malt base is nice, but I would have loved a bigger hops presence

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This will be a more casual review. I've had this from the bottle, on tap, from the can and poured from both the bottle and the can. My most recent experiences were pours from cans and straight from the can. For this, I did a poured can and a straight can.

The appearance and scent are the high marks here. It pours a beautiful white head and a nice amber-ish color. Scent is a nice balance of hops and malt.

The taste is typical of Brooklyn's year round beers. It's very conservative and perhaps almost too balanced of an IPA (or even an English IPA). It doesn't sing to me in any way. It's not bad to session from bottles or cans but it's not good enough to buy on draft and there are too many better IPAs and EIPAs to make this a good find. It's best asset is its availability in my region and it's appearance, be it a pour or the design of the bottle or can.

This just isn't a "must have" beer in any way, and it's kind of a bummer. I always end up having it hoping for it to be more than it is, but it never is and I always wish I picked up a different IPA or EIPA or even Pale Ale. It's even a bit strong in terms of ABV to be a session IPA.

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Brooklyn East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.